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Carpenter seeks to become versatile

After the Cowboys selected Bobby Carpenter with the 18th overall pick in this years draft, it was assumed that he would compete with Al Singleton at   strong outside linebacker. However, as camp has progressed, Carpenter has been moved to inside 'backer.  Carpenter seems happy to learn a new position.

"Coach Parcells just wanted to move me around and see what I can do in some different areas so I can help the defense out I think," he said. "I wouldn't say my goal was to come in and earn the starting spot right away. I wanted to come in and learn as much as I can so I'll be able to play."

Parcells seems to like versatility in his players and thinks that Carpenter, even as a rookie, can learn and make the transition.

"We've kind of moved him around a little bit," Parcells said of Carpenter, who played outside and inside at Ohio State. "I don't like to do that with rookies, but he seems to be able to handle it."

Mickey Spags writes about the "big" controversy over T.O.'s injured hammy. Personally, I think the media is making too big of a deal about this. So what if he's bringing in his personal trainers and a "healing" chamber. So what if he declares himself unfit to play this Saturday. The media just wants to make a mountain out of a molehill and Parcells is right in telling them to back off. Mickey says it the best.

This is exactly what I warned ya'll about after the Cowboys signed Owens. In fact, exactly what I predicted would happen, and told you to go out and get you a T.O. filter, because no matter what happens surrounding T. O., no matter how big or how insignificant, the media would turn whatever into a front-page, five-segment talk-radio, national story.

Even if the guy behaves, the team has to put up with all the media crap. I guess the price you pay for having T.O. on your team.